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post #16 of 28

Fondant is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO easy.  PLEASE get a bucket of it and try it out on a smaller cake.  Instant love.  And as for the burlap, just go to your local DIY craft store and they sell it in rolls with finished edges..............no shedding!!!!!!  Easy Peezie.

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No one hates modeling chocolate? Right???

 

Unless, for one reason or another, they don't eat chocolate AT ALL, PERIOD.

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post #18 of 28

You could try SugarShack's buttercream recipe and smoothing technique.  Maybe that would work better for your smoothing.  I've tried it and it really works.

post #19 of 28
Thread Starter 

HI,

I use a SMBC for my cakes, I don't use any shortening, and I hear that the SMBC does get nice and smooth. It's just practice, I am better every time, but not ready to do this for a big audience. I am thinking I can do a more informal, looser buttercream. I am going to send her some pictures of cakes that I think I can do. 

 

Thanks!

Nancy

post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 

HI,

I can do fondant nice and smooth. They are just being very stubborn about this, or confused, I am not sure which, but I am leaning toward the first!!! I can do a beautiful, smooth cake for her in fondant or modeling chocolate. 

 

Sigh. Be careful what  you volunteer to do. It generally bites you in the butt.

Nanc

post #21 of 28
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Thank you!! That cake is beautiful!!!
Nancy

post #22 of 28

Do they not realize they can peel the fondant off if they don't want to actually eat it & there will still be buttercream beneath it? You'd be surprised how many people didn't realize there is still buttercream below the fondant.

post #23 of 28
Unfortunately I have witnessed the fact that some people barely put a smear of bc underneath the fondant, AND I see other decorators tell others to only put a crumb coat, which is ridiculous, and no wonder people have the aversion.
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post #24 of 28
I don't let anyone tell me how to create my cakes, and you don't have to either. There's being accommodating and offering alternatives, and then what you're describing is just silly. Tell them to peel it off. End of story. And in the meanttime, get that sugarshack dvd Godot mentioned.
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post #25 of 28

And not all fondant is created equal, I'm sure, any more than my dense, candy-like, hand-blended BC based on the recipe on the back of the C&H powdered sugar box is the same as a whipped SMBC.

 

(And I agree with the OP about real burlap being out the window and over the fence. I'll admit that most people in this country could use more fiber in their diets, but real burlap on a cake is barely a step up from the dreaded Disco Dust, and definitely [as Alton would say] NOT "Good Eats.")

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post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by nancylee61 View Post
 

HI,

I can do fondant nice and smooth. They are just being very stubborn about this, or confused, I am not sure which, but I am leaning toward the first!!! I can do a beautiful, smooth cake for her in fondant or modeling chocolate.

 

Sigh. Be careful what  you volunteer to do. It generally bites you in the butt.

Nanc

Just tell her that you can't do it, and that you can do it with fondant or not at all if she's stuck on that look. Burlap on SMBC would be nasty.

 

I have no problem telling people that I won't do certain things...this is a good practice experience for you, since the word "no" can save you a lot of grief when you're running a business.

post #27 of 28
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I'm off to do that right now. Thank you!

Nancy

post #28 of 28

There is an edible burlap that you can make with either Cake Lace or Sugar Dress. Either of these products can be used in the silicone lace molds. Global Sugar Art sells the Sugar Dress and it is very easy to use. I've used it and love it, and there are threads here where others have also used it and find it easy.

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